Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sentiments about sentiments!
Q: Do I put a sentiment on the outside? Inside? Both? Neither?
Answer: Yes!We get a selection of cards with each of these options, and it's wonderful to have such a range in each of our boxes. That way a hero with a lot to say can choose a blank card, or someone with just a quick moment might choose a card with a stamped poem inside. Make sure there is enough room inside to write, though; if you put a large sentiment on a card liner in a dark card, line the other half too so our hero can jot a note if desired.
Q: Can I handwrite my sentiments?
A: No.We've heard from a few spouses that there was a second of shock when they opened a letter from their husband, only to see another woman's handwriting on or in the card. While they eventually figured out what OWH is, we do not wish to give ANY spouse even a second's pause to wonder about her husband's faithfulness! So please, if you do not have an appropriate sentiment stamp, feel free to leave it blank. (Blank cards are actually the most versatile ones we send - so they're GREAT!)
Q: Can I print sentiments from my computer?
A: Yes.However, think about what kind of font appropriately expresses the sentiment, however. We see a number of cards with odd combinations. There's a reason stamp designers are stamp designers: they know what makes a sentiment stamp "work" correctly, and they know the typography rules that make it look natural. If you want to print a poem, please be sure you have permission to use it on a card, and give it proper credit; copying a Hallmark poem is not appropriate.
Q: Are there sentiments that are inappropriate?
A: Unfortunately yes!Please keep it 'clean' - no sexual innuendo, no alcohol-related themes; these are things that should be far from our heroes' minds while deployed, and we do not want to call them to the forefront of their thoughts. We also do not need "thank you for your service" cards without notes in them - our heroes would not use those, but a thankyou note inside one is perfectly appropriate for an AnyHero card.
While we're here - there are also themes that are not acceptable: we do NOT need welcome home cards, baby announcements, party invitations, retirement cards, Martin Luther King Day cards, etc. The more general themes are more use-able, and blank cards can be used for extraneous events/purposes by our heroes. Please stick to our preferrred list of themes: thinking of you/hello, love you, miss you, birthday, thank you, and major holidays.
Do you have other questions about sentiments on cards? Leave a comment here and we'll edit this post with responses!